Artist Projects

The Method Gun


Rude Mechs

The Method Gun, an original performance created by Rude Mechs of Austin, TX, explores the life, ethos and techniques of actor-training guru, Stella Burden, as recounted through the eyes of her students. Ms. Burden’s training technique, The Approach, fused Western acting methods and more dangerous METHODS in an effort to infuse even the smallest of roles with sex, death and violence. We promise: guns, pendulums, “Streetcar” and physical danger. We make no claims on behalf of narrative, common sense or safety. “The Method Gun… is nothing short of the best work this theater collective has done in its 13 years as it has carved out its well-respected reputation on the international indie theater scene.” – Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin-American Statesman

Project Updates

  • 2011: Rude Mechs present The Method Gun at the Philly Live Arts Festival

  • 2011: Rude Mechs present The Method Gun at the TBA Festival in Portland

  • 2011: Rude Mechs present The Method Gun in RADAR LA Festival

  • 2011: The Method Gun has New York premiere at Dance Theater Workshop

  • 2010: The Method Gun tours to Arts Emerson (Boston, MA) and the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH)

  • 2010: The Method Gun is presented at the Humana Festival

  • 2008: The Method Gun premieres as the first performance at The Rollins Theater in the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, TX

  • Artists

    Rude Mechs

    Since 1995, Rude Mechs has created a mercurial slate of original theatrical productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap l…

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    Madge Darlington

    Madge Darlington is a Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs. In the collaborative spirit of the Rudes, Madge has worked on al…

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    Lana Lesley

    Lana Lesley is a Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director for Rude Mechs. Lana has co-created, produced, and/or performed in over thirty origi…

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    Kirk Lynn

    Kirk Lynn is a Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs. He is head of the Playwriting and Directing Program at the Univers…

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    Shawn Sides

    Shawn Sides has been a performer, director and producer in Austin, TX and occasionally New York for 20 years. She’s a founder and a Co-Producin…

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  • Events

    Feb 22 – Feb 26, 2012
    Rude Mechs presents "The Method Gun" at the Brisbane Powerhouse in Australia



    Sep 09 – Sep 13, 2011
    Rude Mechs presents "The Method Gun" at the TBA Festival in Portland, OR



    Sep 02 – Aug 17, 2011
    Rude Mechs presents "The Method Gun" in the Philly Live Arts Festival



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  • Project News

    February 24, 2011
    Rude Mechs Premiere The Method Gun in New York



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